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February 3, 2015

A lot of people die on New Jersey’s roads. It’s the day after Groundhog Day, yet already there have been 40 fatalities from 38 fatal car crashes on the state’s roads. What’s more, that’s fairly typical for this time of year. Last year at this time, there were already 44 deaths.

The causes are many. On Super Bowl Sunday, a snowy night on which people drink and drive, the NJ State Police tweeted after the game that in their patrolled areas there had been 112 crashes and 117 aids by morning. There was no mention if any of these crashes were fatal.

And for those that think most people who die in car crashes are sitting in the death seat, think again. The majority of those who have died are drivers (22), with most (16) over the age of 40. It’s unknown if they had passengers with them but only six of all fatalities last month were passengers.

Pedestrians, however, are clearly in danger. Twelve of the deaths were pedestrians, the largest cohort of which were between the ages of 50 and 64.

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